Buttonholes for weddings are usually worn by the Groom, his Groomsmen and the Bride’s and Groom’s Fathers. They’re a great way to tie in the men’s outfits with the bridal flowers and the overall theme of your wedding flowers. A buttonhole is usually worn on the left lapel (the saying goes that’s because it is closer to the groom’s heart… sweet...) and usually consist of a single flower, often a rose and foliage matching the bride’s bouquet.
I wrap the length of the stems with florist tape to lock in moisture and then with a lovely ribbon, twine of jute matching the colours of the bridal flowers’ ribbons. This way the buttonholes stay fresh longer and don’t end up looking floppy on your wedding photos.
So, if that’s a buttonhole, what’s a boutonnière? A boutonniere is just the French word for buttonhole. In the UK, a boutonniere has taken the meaning of being a cluster of small flowers, foliage, berries, simply tied with a ribbon or twine… the stems are left ‘naked’ so I always recommend using flowers and foliage that can last without moisture.